Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

SF Gay Mafia plans takeover of Marina bar

The SF Gay Mafia at the Pilsner Inn in 2015. Photo: SF Gay Mafia.

The SF Gay Mafia at the Pilsner Inn in 2015. Photo: SF Gay Mafia.

With increased concerns about LGBT safety after Republican Donald Trump’s election as president, the group San Francisco Gay Mafia announced Thursday that it plans to take over a Marina district bar at 8 p.m. December 3.

Through its events, the Mafia, which was founded in 2014 and consists of about 230 people in their 20s and 30s, “crowd a bar that typically sees a more heterosexual attendance,” a news release explained.

The bar selected for the event hasn’t been disclosed because the group wants to “surprise the bar.”

“In the wake of the Nov. 8 election, many in the gay community nationwide have expressed fear over being confronted by President-Elect Trump’s anti-LGBT supporters,” the group said. “Reports have surfaced of gay men and women being called names and physically attacked. The SF Gay Mafia is here to say we are not afraid, and we plan on doing that in a peaceful, fun way.”

Mafia leader Saul Sugarman stated, “It’s not a protest. We’re going to show up as a big gaggle of glittery nonsense and feel comfortable to be silly and loud because there are so many of us. Now more than ever I think LGBT people should be going outside their comfort zone and making our presence seen and felt.”

Group leader Jason Lamb added, “I think it’s important that we are neither overreacting nor apathetic. We have to continue moving forward with our dreams and vision for a healthier and more inclusive world.”

The Mafia last drew attention in February, after it took over the Marina’s HiFi Lounge, 2125 Lombard Street. Jeffery Lafayette, a gay city resident, reported that several men had attacked him and called him a “faggot” outside the bar.

Max Young, the HiFi’s owner, told the Bay Area Reporter just before the Mafia gathering at his bar, “We invited them. … We think that’s a great thing.”

No arrests have been reported in Lafayette’s case.

For more information about the December 3 event, visit the Facebook or Eventbrite pages


— Seth Hemmelgarn, November 17, 2016 @ 4:12 pm PST
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